Another weekend is approaching in Kansas City and there are things that can be done free or at least really cheap! Pick one or two of these and have a fun filled and possibly educational experience!
Not only is the City Market free and full of locally grown produce and other yummy foods, there are also other free events scheduled. Most Saturday mornings offer free cooking classes at the Farm to Table Kitchen from 9-10 with free samples to enjoy. Every 2nd and 4th Saturday you will see a free 60 minute yoga class in the City Market park at 9 am. Gratuity appreciated. Finally this Friday will be the last time to catch the free Friday night movie, starting at 9:00. This week will be Caddyshack so bring your lawn chairs and order food from the various food trucks that will be standing by.
Love coffee and beer? Head to Kansas City’s west side and experience a free tour of both the Boulevard Brewing Company and the Roasterie and at the end, free samples.
If you enjoy live music and wine, head a little bit north to Platte City to the Jowler Creek Vineyard where Saturday night will feature an 80’s band and sell wine & beer by the glass or bottle. The event, 6 -9, is free to attend and if you dress in 80’s apparel, receive 10% off any purchases. Come out on Sunday for their Wine’d Down event from 1-5 where you can enjoy live music, wine, beer and packed lunches to purchase.
Pack your car with the kiddos and have an adventure at the Lee’s Summit Missouri Town 1855. They are celebrating this saturday the 29th, an Agricultural Century -A Celebration of the American Farmer. You will see an evolution of farming in America from ox teams to gasoline power along with the normal historic building on the site. Admission is $10 per car and know that the money goes towards preserving our past.
Come out and learn about the history of suburban Kansas City at the free Johnson County Museum. It is a very interesting peek into KC’s past including the contributions of J.C. Nichols and others. While you’re there, check out the 1950’s all electric house, touted as the “house of the future,” it features a hidden tv, a remote controlled curtain opener and a “year round air conditioner.” Built after the end of WWII, it represented prosperity and the american dream. Don’t forget the kids, within the museum, enjoy KidScape, a hands-on exhibit designed like a suburban area allowing kids to learn and experience community. Seven different environments, city hall, park, bookstore, post office, hospital, boutique and theater will captivate your young child. (Electric house is $5 admission)
Nothing says TGIF like a good happy hour and there are more that even I can try. Here are a few of my favorites!
Beautiful patio, $5 wines & cocktails and a great selection of yummys like their goat cheese fondue with warm pretzels or fried pickles.
HR is Monday – Friday 3-6 and 9-close, all night on Mondays. In the winter, the cozy fireplace is a great setting for a happy hour.
I love this lovely school-turned-restaurant/boutique. The food is always fabulous and their happy hour is a great (and cheaper) way to try it. Either on the patio or inside, enjoy the Prince Edward Island muscles, the shrimp and grits or their steak burger. Try their specialty cocktails for 7, beer on tap for 3 or $5 house wines.
Wednesday – Saturday 4:30 – 6
With its huge happy hour menu and $6 drinks, you can’t go wrong with Hereford House. You can get a few appetizers to split or eat a full on meal like the tenderloin oscar topped with lump crab and Bearnaise sauce served with mashed potatoes. Best yet, their happy hour runs everyday from 3 – 6:30 and ALL DAY Sundays!
I know, I know, it’s a chain, but I can’t help loving this amazing happy hour spot. The patio is fantastic and so is the food. The black muscles with white wine and fresh herbs, the fish tacos and the bruschetta are incredibly good and for non seafood eaters there’s a mean $5 burger. Drinks vary from $3.75 for domestic drafts, to $7 for the martinis. Even though it isn’t on the happy hour menu, you must get the chocolate bag to split for dessert.
Sunday – Friday 3:30 – 6
Another gorgeous place for a happy hour, especially in not-so-great weather, is the lovely Pierponts in Kansas City’s historic Union Station. Grab on of the many unique cocktails such as the flapper or the cosmic girl and split some pork belly sliders or short rib poutine. If you happen to come in on Fridays for lunch, you get a free cookie! Yum. Their hours are pretty cool too.
Monday – Thursday 11am – Close, Friday 11am – 7pm, Saturday 4-6, Sunday 4 -9
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